Cathy Z. Yin

Cathy Z. Yin

5.0 (1)
2 hires on
1 employee
11 years in business

About this tutor

I have a mastery over a multitude of material, as evidenced by my high scores on various AP tests, SAT and SAT Subject tests, and the GRE test. I have also been tutoring and teaching for years (KUMON Math and Reading in high school, SAT Prep at UC Berkeley, and long term substitute teaching post graduation). With my experience as both a student and a teacher, I can help you or your child attain similar success.

I had amazing teachers throughout my life who changed what I thought was possible and made me want to strive for more. I fully believe learning can be fun and I love imparting that joy to other students. It's a great feeling to be able to help students discover their own potential and how much is out there in the world.

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San Jose, CA 95134
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  • Camila

    She was great at tutoring me for the SAT. Honestly without her I wouldn’t have been able to do the way I did!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, I'll discuss goals and give an assessment (either formal if I'm hired for test prep or informal if I'm hired for more general subject material). Then, we'll have a proper first lesson to gage how well we mesh as student and teacher.  If that goes well, I'll make an outline with intermediary milestones to hit on the way to achieving the student's goals.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

In high school, I was a KUMON tutor for a year. I tutored math (counting, arithmetic, fractions, algebra, trigonometry, calculus) and reading (letters, vocabulary, reading comprehension and passage analysis).

In college, I was an SAT tutor for 3 semesters (working through a UC Berkeley organization called PTPS) and I taught whole classrooms full of high school students on how to prepare for Math, Reading, and Essay portions of the SAT.

Post bachelor's degree, I have been working as a long term substitute teacher at various high schools in ESUHSD for 2.5 years. I have taught english, history, math, and science.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My base price is $30/hour (though I am open to negotiation depending on your circumstances) with additional fees depending on the difficulty of the subject matter and whether I will need to obtain additional study material for students.

How did you get started teaching?

I've always loved learning and working with kids from a young age, so I started tutoring in high school and continued working in education through university and beyond.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with young children who are just beginning to learn how to read and do arithmetic all the way to high school students studying for AP classes or the SAT. I have never formally taught college students, but I have led many study groups and have a lot of experience in many fields due to my interdisciplinary Cognitive Science degree.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Have clear goals for what you want to achieve and don't be afraid of assessments (it matters less where you start out from and more how much you improve, so don't be discouraged if you feel like you don't know how to do something yet). Assessments aren't meant to make you feel bad, they're to give you and me a clear idea of where you're at and how to improve from there.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Be specific about what you need help with. For example: rather than think "reading is too hard", think "I need help sounding out multisyllabic words". Or, rather than think "I can't do calculus", think "I have trouble knowing where to start with improper integrals". Also, have different tiers of achievement: what you need to achieve, what you want to achieve, and what you hope to achieve someday.

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